Wide and diverse is probably the easiest way to sum up my experience within the canine world!
It would be impossible to include everything here so I will just stick to a very potted version.
I award CC in Gordon Setters and have judged at this level many times throughout the UK. I have also judged the Gordon Setter Club of New South Wales Championship show in Australia. I served on a Gordon Setter breed club committee for over ten years undertaking several tasks including the role of Secretary. Other duties included Newsletter Editor and I also instigated and singlehandedly produced the Results Book detailing full Gordon Setter breed results at all UK championship shows including copies of critiques as published. I also served as a member of the initial Gordon Setter Breed Council committee.
For many years I have reported on general championship shows for DOG WORLD and this has enabled me to gain a fairly thorough insight into general championship shows; I have also written a number of articles, many of which have been included in DOG WORLD and breed publications – a handful are reproduced on this site, check under ‘Articles’.
Our first Irish Setter joined our household courtesy of my father in law and as is often the case it wasn't long before someone told me I should show him which we did in a very small way. Later on we had two sons of Sh Ch Glendronach Girl. One of these, 'Derry' was not shown and died very young as the result of the dreaded bloat. His brother 'Kyle' did gain a Stud Book number.
My first Irish bitch came from Jean Quinn, 'Shelley' - Wickenberry Enchantress.
Many years later Ronnie constantly admired Jean's Gordon Setter, 'Hattie' - Carek Hattie-Brown at Wickenberry. When she had a litter sired by a young dog which I had admired 'Welly' Lourdace Mineer of Liric, Jean let us have a bitch.
So 'Misty' Wickenberry Mystique came to us and proved a tremendous foundation in Gordons.
As we have got older, we wanted something a little bit smaller than the Gordons. I had always admired John Thirlwell's (Ferndel) Welsh Springer Spaniels and after waiting patiently we eventually got 'Danny' Ferndel Philosopher at Shannas.
We do not keep a large number of dogs and do not have many litters, only breeding when we want something for ourselves. Our bitches only have one or possibly two litters. Despite this very small number of litters we were Top Breeders in Gordon Setters in 2001 and again in 2002.
All of our dogs go through all the relevant health tests recommended for the breed.
More detail of the individual dogs can be found elsewhere within these pages.